Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Guide...

The Guide to Victim Souls of the Sacred Heart is scarce. Thus, in the first several blogs on this site, much of the information is given. One can skim through the editorialized aspects, the personal writing, and read the quoted sections. Some is re-written from the Guide.

I have worked on a re-write under a different title, and I will pray about continuing that project and putting it on-line or seeking a publisher. Obviously, guidance in being a victim soul is not embraced heartily by our current mindset of self-fulfillment, self-healing, self-indulgence, and self-grandisement!

For those interested, please read some of the early blogs, and one will get the idea. In the meantime, I will consider e-publishing what is thus far written in the book I began two years ago, since I called to ascertain I can have rights to the original.

My blogs have veered somewhat, as blogs tend to do. In fact, I want to write about St. Gertrude the Great in a blog, as she received the five wounds of Christ in her heart. This blog also promised to write of various victim souls. Although St. Gertrude was not noted as a victim soul but more as a mystic, she certainly had seven great sufferings and received what would be termed the "interior stigmata" but localized in her heart.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Victim Soulhood "Pooh-poohed" Once Again

There is more to offer Jesus in reparation: the suffering of continuing ignorance regarding victim souls as a vocation.

A man perhaps in his early 40's who is devout in his faith, has a rare affliction that came upon him a few years ago. Brain surgery was required to attempt alleviation of some of the suffering. He now suffers from depression and cannot work due to the symptoms of the affliction which include memory loss.

It came to me prior to Mass the other day that the Lord could utilize this man's suffering, and that perhaps this man is being asked to be a victim soul. In fact, I mentioned victim souls to the man, and he had not heard of this. I returned to my pew and prayed more, and it seemed that I needed to offer to this man a copy of the classic book on Victim Souls of the Sacred Heart. I did so, and the man was very interested. We made arrangements for me to give it to him at this morning's Mass.

This man is an assistant and does much work in the Cathedral, serving. This morning prior to Mass I saw him and gave him the book. When he left to return to the Sacristy, the thought came that the priests, if they saw it--and somehow I sense he would show them--would down-play this book.

Sure enough, after Mass, the man was less enthused. He said he had some of the priests look it over, and they said it was "an old notion or idea." I asked, "So they pooh-poohed it, did they?" He nodded. I then told him that while it is an old book, about 100 years old, it is very much a current vocation and also an age-old one in the Church!

This man wants to be healed. I pray this for him and told him thus. However, I pointed out that being a victim soul can be temporary, and that it is good work to unite one's suffering's with Christ, to offer him sufferings in reparation for the sins of the world. I said, "This is NOBLE work."

Although not as interested now, and somewhat skeptical, the man says he will look it over--and will write out questions he has.

I already knew the priests who likely put the damper on the small spark. There were but four at that Mass, and one being the Bishop who was not party to this. One is my confessor, and I suspect he and one other perhaps unintentionally displayed their skepticism. It is easy enough to snuff flames through suffocation. It takes but a poof of negativity to snuff a barely smouldering wick.

I went to the Bishop who was still greeting people after Mass, and I told him. Yes, I did. He asked, "What priests?" I simply gestured toward the sacristy. What difference? It is the whole point, the idea of it--that the reason for such little faith and detriment to those who could provide such good to Jesus and the Church, is due to little faith in the mysterium tremendum, in the age-old, time-honored truths of the Church, of suffering, of the mystery of reparation. Why, Popes have written encyclicals and left decrees regarding victim souls!

I mentioned to the Bishop, the work of St. Padre Pio and St. Therese, the Little Flower, as victim souls; I had mentioned these to the man in an attempt to encourage him. I'd also mentioned Conchita of Mexico and the recent passing of Audrey Santo. The Bishop said, "Of course this is of the Church--think of St. Paul!"

So it goes. I will see my confessor in the morning, and I may likely bring this up. I have no fear, nothing to lose, since all has been taken away, thanks be to God.

I ponder all the more the work to be done, and yet I am not going to react other than to pray for this man and his suffering. If it be God's will to remove it, praise Him! If the man is called to suffer, praise Him! Over time, the Lord will make it known to the man, if he is open. I had previously asked him to ask Jesus if He desired his sufferings as a victim soul, and if so to accept. Today the priests took the opportunity a few steps back, but we shall see. God is greater than all of our little steps--either forward or back.

In the meantime, I have more to write about St. Catherine de Ricci as a victim soul, and also St. Gertrude the Great whose heart was wounded and who shared within her heart the five wounds of Christ.

And victim souls is an old idea? Do ideas have age limits? Are ideas things temporal? Is then, the Bible an old idea?

Sunday, November 04, 2007

St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi on the Blood of Jesus

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi was a victim soul and mystic. She had ecstasies which included, among so many holy considerations, that of Jesus' blood. Her own words, recorded by other Carmelite nuns who were ordered by the priest to write the saints' words as she spoke them, help any current victim soul to comprehend and enact what Jesus desires.

St. Mary Magdalene offered to the Father the Blood of Jesus, to placate the Father in regard to sinners. She utilized recourse to the Precious Blood of Jesus for the release of souls in purgatory, to prepare herself for Holy Communion, adn to purify herself from the effects of inevitable daily failings. The Blood of Christ became, for the saint, the key and force that opened all doors, which nothing could resist and gained all her holy desires.

The Father spoke to the saint in these words: The offering of the Blood of My Word is so powerful that through it you can unite whatever you wish. If you wish to unite man to God, you can do so with this Blood and man will be united....If you want to unite God with man, offer this Blood and God will unite Himself to you...."

Many souls render themselves incapable of receiving this blood due to sins, lack of cooperation and desire. The saint saw Jesus hanging on the cross, His Blood gushing everywhere, and that the drops of Blood were like tongues that called to creatures to receive Him. Very few accepted Jesus' Blood. She asked Jesus how His creatures could be so ignorant and also so ungrateful?

She also saw blessed souls who accepted the Blood and became worthy "that God respose in them with the greatest delight and pleasure" and they in turn "reposed sweetly in Him."

St. Mary Magdalene said, "Jesus has willed to keep His most holy Wounds, and especially that of His side, so that we might enter therein as often as we wish, be cleansed anew from every stain...then adorn our souls with His Blood...and finally transform ourselves in God...."

And Unitive Love said to me: 'All the souls that share in the Blood of Jesus, all are comely and beautiful.' And I understood that if a soul could know how great and how precious it is when it shares in the merit of this would melt with sweetness.

"Oh, how powerful, O Word, is Your Blood! And who could ever thank You for It? I offer You this Blood of Yours....May this Blood of Itself thank Itself, rejoice and glory in Itself."

In 1584 Jesus placed His Crown of Thorns in her heart and in 1585 placed it on her head. St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi received the Sacred Stigmata on Holy Monday, 1585. "Five luminous rays left the wounds of her Crucified Spouse to find their target in her hands, her feet and her side and to let her share somewhat in the unspeakable pains of the Redeemer. Immediately she prayed 'that He would not imprint the stigmata visibly in her body, but grant that she would feel only their pain.' And, in fact, the rays soon disappeared, leaving the Sacred Wounds marked on ly in her soul.